Open Letter From Duvi Honig, Founder of Parnassah Network

parnassah expo 14As I follow the reports that have been dominating the news as of late, I feel it incumbent upon myself to share the experiences that I – as well as countless other members of New Jersey’s Jewish communities – have had over the years with members of Governor Chris Christie’s administration, and, in particular, with Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno.

While media outlets obsess over unproven sensational allegations, I will talk about real actions and events that have made a substantive positive impact upon real people.

Ever since assuming office in 2009, the Christie administration has been enormously responsive, on various levels, to the needs of my home community of Lakewood, among New Jersey’s other diverse communities. Governor Christie has personally visited the School for Children with Hidden Intelligence (SCHI), Yeshiva Toras Aaron and other local institutions, and offered his support for school choice and other initiatives that would help our communities’ families.

The administration has been particularly helpful to Parnassah Network and our efforts to help members of communities – in New Jersey, and throughout the nation and the world – find success in their business and career endeavors. Lieutenant Governor Guadagno and staff were especially helpful in helping make our 2013 Parnassah Expo the success that it was for thousands of families.

Ms. Guadagno personally involved herself prior to the expo to ensure that all the logistics will run smoothly. I personally had many conversations with her at all hours of the day and night. She also personally attended the expo and delivered a well-received keynote address, where she invited all participants to call her direct cell phone number if she can be of help to them in starting or operating a New Jersey business. There are few, if any, high profile elected officials who offer everyday citizens such dedication and personal access.

I can vouch with absolute certainty that the Lieutenant Governor and other members of the administration were promised no campaign contributions, electoral support, or even media coverage, for their efforts on behalf of Parnassah Network and the families we help. Everything was done solely from the goodness of heart and dedication to public interest.

As we work to make the upcoming 2014 Parnassah Expo as successful as it can be, Ms. Guadagno and others in the administration have once again been extremely helpful – with no fanfare.

I have shared these experiences in the spirit of the timeless Jewish principles of emes (truth) and hakaras hatov (appreciation of the good), and would like to once again offer a heartfelt “Thank You” to everyone who has helped us over the years. I urge others who have benefitted from the care and dedication of the Christie administration to come forth and share their experiences as well.

On a final note, I’d like to offer Governor Christie and Lieutenant Governor Guadagno my sincerest best wishes as they embark on a new term office. With God’s help, New Jerseyans will see the best four years we’ve ever had.


Duvi Honig

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  1. well said,and verifiable..ask anyone who was at the expo,,there was only one agenda …help as many people as possible, ,and kovod shem shamayim

  2. Highly subjective letter that is weak in trying to convince Christie and his administration have been “enormously responsive on many levels.
    1. Many people have many phone conversations with him and his office. It is his responsibility to interact with the community; not an endearing favor.
    2. A visit to SCHI, etc. is all very nice, but Christie also visited sites after Hurricane Sandy and as of this date there are an enormous amount of funds collected for the victims which are still yet to be dispensed. Sandy victims are not settled in. On top of that they were charged fees if reconstruction did not start after a certain time. Many just had to leave or sell their properties. Quick dispensation of funds would have helped them avoid that.
    3. Its nice they helped with parnassah expo logistics, still, those already in business and those that closed up shop in NJ have said all fees and payments due the state in order to run a business in NJ have made it impossible or nearly impossible to do so, and those fees keep rising. How many productive, lucrative jobs are accomplished with the parnassah expo. Are state funds given to the organizers to set one up?

    Some comments: Your personal dealings with the Governor do not obliterate his rough-shod, some will say, unprofessional manner of governing over our state as an elected public servant.

    I will not get into how immensely expensive it is to live in NJ now. Nor will I detail a list of his problems such as using state vehicles for private use, not paying back monies taken from teacher pension plans, the rising cost of living in NJ in all areas while services are cut in half or cut out altogether, the fact that NJ has location, location, location and diverse environments yet no new large businesses can afford to open up here. Albany, NY just had a major Israeli biotech company open up shop in NY. Why did not our governor win that company over to come to NJ if he is so bold in a true leadership way? Bridgegate, and all the other things being looked into are the typical signs of a politician who rules as a monarch.

    Also, no one really considers Lakewood a diverse community. It is mostly Orthodox Jewish and Hispanic, and is known as such throughout the state. I am not saying its a bad thing, I am just saying……

  3. Since when does Ones personal event reflect the entire community. The Parnassah expo is a private venue. the organizers do not represent and were never appointed by the Orthodox community.

  4. Agreed. The PE is a private company that makes money. It is NOT a chesed org with a board of rabonim. Its still a nice thing but deff does not speak for the Jewish Community at large.

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